Capt. William P. Black Hall

Our bingo & meeting hall is named in honor of Captain William Perkins Black, Company K, 37th Illinois Infantry, U.S. Army.  He is the only Medal of Honor recipient born in Woodford County and the first from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on March 7, 1862.

 

Medal of Honor Citation:

 

Single-handedly confronted the enemy, firing a rifle at them, and thus checked their advance within 100 yards of the lines.

Biography

William Perkins Black was born in Woodford County, Kentucky, on November 11, 1842, the second son of four children to the Reverend John Black and his wife, Josephine Culbertson Black.  After Reverend Black died in 1847, Josephine moved her family to Danville, Illinois to be near her brother.  Soon thereafter she married Dr. William Fithian who served in the Illinois state legislature with Abraham Lincoln. 

              

William was a student at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana studying to enter the ministry when the Civil War started in April, 1861. The day after the Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter, South Carolina, he enlisted in the Union Army with his older brother John and was mustered in as a Corporal for a three month term in Company I, 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, known as “Wallace’s Zouaves” after their commander, Colonel Lew Wallace. He served for three months, and was honorably mustered out on August 4, 1861 when the unit’s enlistment expired.

He was then mustered in from Danville, IL, as a First Lieutenant in Company K of the 37th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was soon elevated, by regimental elections, to the rank of Captain, commanding Company K. He served under his brother John who was first appointed the regiment’s Major, but later became the 37th Illinois’ Colonel and commander, serving under his older brother. For Capt. Black's bravery in the unit’s first major engagement, the March 7, 1862 Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.  His Medal was awarded on October 2, 1893, thirty-one years later.

 

His unit had been part of an assault on a position called Battle Ridge and had been thrown back by the rebels. The Confederates surged forward to attack the retreating Union soldiers and capture Artillery Battery A of the 2nd Illinois Light Artillery. Captain Black, with a Colt repeating rifle, had stood by himself in front of the artillery pieces, firing at the Confederates until he was wounded. His heroics delayed the rebels long enough for the artillerymen to save four of the six guns of the battery from capture.

 

He recovered from severe wounds in his left side that he received in that action and would go on to lead his company through all of its field service over the next two years including the capture of Arkansas Post, the Vicksburg Campaign, and the Red River Campaign.

 

When his enlistment expired by law, he was honorably mustered out on September 29, 1864 and he returned to Danville, IL.  

Upon his return home he abandoned the ministry, read law, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. 

 

He and Thomas Dent formed a prominent and successful law practice, Dent & Black, in 1867 and became well known country-wide for his work as defense counsel for the accused bombers in the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago, Illinois.

 

He married Hortensia Mary McGreal of Galveston, Texas on May 28, 1869 and they had a son named William Paul Elisha Black.

He was an active member in the Union Veterans organization, The Grand Army of the Republic, and ran unsuccessfully for the U. S. Congress in 1882. 

 

     His wife died in 1910 and Capt. Black died in his home in Chicago at age 73 on January 3, 1916.  He was buried in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery.

     His older brother, John, who was borm in Illinois, would end the war as a Brevet Brigadier General and he received the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the December, 1862 Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. 

 

     William Perkins Black and John Charles Black are one of only five sets of brothers to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Regularly scheduled activites and daily specials:


 

 

 

 

2nd Monday of each month.

 

Next:

March 11, 2024

 

Now playing 3 instant pay games and 1 holder game.  The progressive game is temporarily suspended.

 

The progressive pulltab jackpot is now

$738.00

ALL'S WELL MONDAYS

 

All well drinks are $3 each.

$2 TUESDAYS

All beer is $2 each.

WEDNESDAYS

 

Ladies wine discounts.

 

Drawing

8 pm.

Tickets $1

 

Jackpot is now

$8,432.00

 

 Drawing

8:15 pm

Tickets  $1

 

THURSDAYS

Discounted adult beverages for ladies.

FRIDAYS

 

Dinner served at 5:30 pm

 

 

Feb 23: BBQ sandwich, coleslaw, chips..  $6

 

 

 

Bingo 7-9 pm

$20 per 5-game card.

 

 

$2 Fireball Shots

8 pm - 10 pm

American Legion Post 67
138 S Main St
Versailles, Kentucky 40383


Phone: 859 873-7064 859 873-7064

 

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All games are operated by

Woodford Post 67 in accordance with all Commonwealth of Kentucky Charitable Gaming laws and regulations under license # ORG0001375 and special licenses as needed.

 

Games are open to all members and guests but you must be at least 18 years of age to play.

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